INTERNET NAME .WS GOES ON SALE FROM APIA TO THE WORLD

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APIA, Samoa (November 4, 2000 - Samoa Observer/PINA Nius Online)---Computer Services Limited, Samoa’s major Internet company, will hold seminars to showcase their domain name registration services.

Computer Services is the official registrar for Samoa’s top level domain: .ws.

.ws, is an abbreviation for Western Samoa, and it is being marketed globally as Website, or Worldsite.

The interest in the purchase of .ws domain names from around the world has been big, Computer Services said.

Oketevi Tanuvasa, Assistant General Manager for Computer Services, said: "The use of the .ws domain name to promote your company on the Internet is rapidly growing with overseas companies.

"There is also growing interest locally here in Samoa. The tourism industry here is one group which has seen the potential of advertising on the Internet and using the reach of the Internet to promote Samoa to tourists from all over the world.

"Over the last few weeks we have also been working very closely with the Samoa Visitors Bureau, assisting them with the development of their new website, which we will be launching together, to the public on Monday, November 6.

"To ensure the Bureau places themselves in a prominent place on the Internet for users to find them they have registered their address with us as www.visitsamoa.ws."

In the world of the World Wide Web, domain names are the important addresses used on the Internet to locate users and their websites. The names give each address a unique identity from million of other users. This is the reason that actual domain names can command high prices.

The most well known, and most common names have been ".com". However this particular domain name has been around for many years, and new users of the Internet will find that most of the .com names have already been taken.

Computer Services will be holding information seminars for the business community to highlight the use of the Internet for their businesses, the potential benefits of owning a domain name, and sharing some exciting news about the international status of .ws. – samoa.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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